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I have read that someone should never draw their gun on an already drawn gun. But, what if some guy is trying to rob me at gunpoint? Do I pull my gun?

-From Lenny L.

Answer: If a criminal draws a weapon on me, you better believe I am going to draw my gun. I’m not going to sit there and let them murder me or a loved one or anyone else.

So, whether someone pulls a knife or a gun on me, I am coming out with my own gun fast to defend myself. Otherwise, you’re just a sitting duck.

Besides, if the bad guy tries to take all your valuables, he might find your gun. Then you have no chance of defending yourself.

 

I received a DWI in my younger days. I was not a stand up citizen until my late 20’s when I got my act straight. I’m a convicted felon. Could I even try to own a gun, let alone get a concealed weapon permit?

-From Danny T.

Answer: Most people don’t realize it, but there are ways that a person convicted of a felony can still buy a gun. It depends on the type of crime.

What I mean is, if you were convicted of a violent crime such as robbery, then you will never be allowed to own a firearm.

However, if you were convicted of a non-violent felony, such as DWI, there may be a chance to have your right to bear arms reinstated by a court.

I recommend contacting a lawyer and asking them what the chances are of the court deciding in your favor.

 

When it comes to a financial collapse I think it will happen sooner than later. Our financial system is dependent on electronic payments and internet connections. If these fail we won’t be able to make purchases. What do I do if this occurs?

-From Keith D.

Answer: You’re absolutely right. It’s important to have cash on hand because you never know if you will be unable to access your bank.

For this reason, I recommend having one month’s worth of living expenses in cash on hand. In addition, I would consider having gold or silver.

But, if things get really bad, all the cash in the world won’t matter, which is why you want to have plenty of food storage and water storage and supplies, so you don’t need money to buy things from others.

 

Do you carry any knives that are made completely of fabricated carbon?

-From Blake Z.

Answer: No, all my knives are made out of some type of steel. Carbon fiber is great for knife handles, but as a blade, it will wear down very quickly and easily when used for cutting or slicing.

Plus, carbon fiber can’t be sharpened as well as steel. Even if you have a professional sharpen the knife, its still not has effective as steel. Also, the blade will degrade faster compared to steel.

I would be very cautious when buying a carbon fiber blade as this is not something you would want to depend on in a survival situation.

 

These days it seems like everyone is buying silencers. What are the steps necessary in owning a silencer?

-From Leo T.

Answer: It’s a lengthy process to buy a suppressor. First, you need to find a local FFL class III dealer who can sell you a suppressor. Then, you would go to them and fill out the ATF application.

Once you fill out the application, you would send that to the ATF along with a $200 check and wait to hear back for approval. It can take 4 to 6 months or longer to get through this process.

Remember that silencers won’t make a firearm completely silent. That’s just a trick used by Hollywood. But, some shooters will tell you that if you’ve never shot a suppressed gun don’t start. Because you will never want to shoot unsuppressed again.

 

What can I do to make my car less appealing to thieves?

-From Jessica T.

Answer: One of the most important things you can do is to choose where you park carefully. When possible, you should park in a well-lit area where there is as much foot traffic as possible.

Never leave anything in your car that could attract a thief. This includes any type of electronic charger or wires because the criminal might think the actual device is stored somewhere in the vehicle.

Plus, don’t forget that criminals like to steal stereos, so if you can remove the faceplate of the stereo that is a good idea. I don’t know what kind of care you drive, but I certainly wouldn’t be parking something like a BMW in Baltimore City.

Also, if you really want to go a step further, you can get something that like looks like blood and put it all over your door handles.

This would obviously cause issues for you, but you could do things to make people want to avoid your car. (Like I said, this is extreme, but it works.)

The simplest thing to do is just clean the inside of your car and make sure there’s nothing appealing that people can see through the windows.

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